Enduring Love

Enduring Love

Ian McEwan Steven Crossley / May 27, 2020
Enduring Love Joe Rose has planned a postcard perfect afternoon in the English countryside to celebrate his lover s return after six weeks in the States To complete the picture there s even a helium balloon drifti
  • Title: Enduring Love
  • Author: Ian McEwan Steven Crossley
  • ISBN: 9781402539312
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Audio Cassette
  • Joe Rose has planned a postcard perfect afternoon in the English countryside to celebrate his lover s return after six weeks in the States To complete the picture, there s even a helium balloon drifting dreamily across the wooded valley But as Joe and Clarissa watch the balloon touch down, their idyll comes to an abrupt end The pilot catches his leg in the anchor ropeJoe Rose has planned a postcard perfect afternoon in the English countryside to celebrate his lover s return after six weeks in the States To complete the picture, there s even a helium balloon drifting dreamily across the wooded valley But as Joe and Clarissa watch the balloon touch down, their idyll comes to an abrupt end The pilot catches his leg in the anchor rope, while the only passenger, a boy, is too scared to jump down As the wind whips into action, Joe and four other men rush to secure the basket Mother Nature, however, isn t feeling very maternal A mighty fist socked the balloon in two rapid blows, one two, the second vicious than the first, and at once the rescuers are airborne Joe manages to drop to the ground, as do most of his companions, but one man is lifted sky high, only to fall to his death In itself, the accident would change the survivors lives, filling them with an uneasy combination of shame, happiness, and endless self reproach In one of the novel s many ironies, the balloon eventually lands safely, the boy unscathed But fate has far unpleasant things in store for Joe Meeting the eye of fellow rescuer Jed Parry, for example, turns out to be a very bad move For Jed is instantly obsessed, making the first of many calls to Joe and Clarissa s London flat that very night Soon he s openly shadowing Joe and writing him endless letters One insane epistle begins, I feel happiness running through me like an electrical current I close my eyes and see you as you were last night in the rain, across the road from me, with the unspoken love between us as strong as steel cable Worst of all, Jed s version of love comes to seem a distortion of Joe s feelings for Clarissa Apart from the incessant stalking, it is the conditionals the contingencies that most frustrate Joe, a scientific journalist If only he and Clarissa had gone straight home from the airport If only the wind hadn t picked up If only he had saved Jed s 29 messages in a single day Ian McEwan has long been a poet of the arbitrary nightmare, his characters ineluctably swept up in others fantasies, skidding into deepening violence, and worst of all becoming strangers to those who love them Even his prose itself is a masterful and methodical exercise in defamiliarization But Enduring Love and its underrated predecessor, Black Dogs, are also meditations on knowledge and perception as well as brilliant manipulations of our own expectations By the novel s end, you will be surprisingly unafraid of hot air balloons, but you won t be too keen on looking a stranger in the eye.
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        Ian McEwan was born on 21 June 1948 in Aldershot, England He studied at the University of Sussex, where he received a BA degree in English Literature in 1970 He received his MA degree in English Literature at the University of East Anglia.McEwan s works have earned him worldwide critical acclaim He won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 for his first collection of short stories First Love, Last Rites the Whitbread Novel Award 1987 and the Prix F mina Etranger 1993 for The Child in Time and Germany s Shakespeare Prize in 1999 He has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction numerous times, winning the award for Amsterdam in 1998 His novel Atonement received the WH Smith Literary Award 2002 , National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award 2003 , Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction 2003 , and the Santiago Prize for the European Novel 2004 He was awarded a CBE in 2000 In 2006, he won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel Saturday and his novel On Chesil Beach was named Galaxy Book of the Year at the 2008 British Book Awards where McEwan was also named Reader s Digest Author of the Year.McEwan lives in London His most recently published work is Nutshell 2016.


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    1. This is a mid career novel by McEwan, 1997 It s about erotomania, the syndrome characterized by the delusional idea, usually in a young woman, that a man whom she considers to be of higher social and or professional standing, who may be a complete stranger, is in love with her He sends her signs and messages that only she can interpret, keeping the delusion alive It can occur in males too, as it does in this story, especially in men who have social disabilities are disconnected loners with no fr [...]


    2. In ____ place time , _______________ name of character does __________ action so that __________ goal , but _________ conflict This book is _______ adjective , ______ adjective , and made this reader _____ verb.


    3. There is a vague memory of me watching the film adaptation of Enduring Love some years ago starring a pre 007 Daniel Craig, the fact I hardly remember a thing helped not to spoil the book, which turned out to be an interesting read, but was far from being anything particularly special The story mainly consists of two vastly different men, Joe Rose, writer, model citizen, well respected, and Jed Parry, a strange obsessive lunatic Enduring Love starts immediately with a set piece of high tension, [...]


    4. Even though I liked much of Choupette s review this morning, I disagreed with her conclusions so, although I m clearly in the minority here, let me present my take Choupette starts off by observingreally what the book is about is the conflict between a way of thinking based on logical scientific reasoning and one based on emotions Literature, versus science Do the scientific illiterates who run the National Library really believe that literature is mankind s greatest achievement or something to [...]


    5. Ian McEwan s novels tend to revolve around a single event, a single moment, or day This day will change the character s life and everyone around them It shows the past and the future spiraling around this one narrative point in the story He s at his best in this format, and that definitely shows in Enduring Love It is essentially a case study of a man suffering from extreme, disturbing delusions and a fierce obsession, and the man who struggles to deal with being the object of that obsession But [...]


    6. Enduring Love is either a brilliant camp comedy or one of the worst attempts at serious fiction ever.Joe and his wife Clarissa are having a picnic when they spot a falling baloon A man tries desperately to pin the balloon to the ground to save his son who s inside, traumatized Joe and a group of men who happened to be at the place run to help The experiment goes bad the man rolls to the ground while Joe and other men let go of the balloon The balloon goes up into the air with one of the stranger [...]


    7. Read it years ago A tragic accidentlove, guilt, moral dilemmaThought provoking proseA terrific writer One of my favorites


    8. Trying to describe the deeply intimate personal with psychopathology this is precisely what made Saturday the worst book ever contrived Emphasis on CONTRIVED Now, this dish is not devoid of that ingredient it is again about a member of the upper class DON T EVER FORGET IT, dear reader crashing head on with a creep o misfit, a defective misanthrope who has this eerie pathological condition stalking the incredibly intelligent and quick witted protagonist for pages a neo noir, a la Saramago but not [...]


    9. Before I read and amused myself by being overly critical about Saturday by Ian McEwan, I d also read The Cement Garden, Atonement, The Comfort of Strangers, The Child in Time and On Chesil Beach.Here are some Ian McEwan statistics based on my own reading habits He s written 19 books so far and I ve read seven of them which is representative of 36.84% of his total output I ve not included plays or short stories, just novels Of these seven books, I have enjoyed four The Cement Garden, The Comfort [...]


    10. Interesting to consider this as a precursor to Saturday both have a scientist as the protagonist and get progressively darker through a slightly contrived stalker plot Enduring Love opens, famously, with a ballooning accident that leaves its witnesses questioning whether they couldn t have done to prevent it Freelance science journalist Joe Rose on a picnic with his partner, Keats scholar Clarissa, at the time was one of those who rushed to help, as was Jed Parry, a young Christian zealot who f [...]


    11. Un altro McEwan doc Un incidente su un prato durante un pic nic, con la conseguente morte di un uomo, offre lo spunto per una serie di riflessioni sulla vita, sul nostro attaccamento ad essa, e sprofonda Joe in un incubo senza fine in cui si trover da solo contro tutti, creduto a tratti pazzo, costretto a rivedere le sue priorit , i suoi desideri per districarsi nella giungla in cui all improvviso viene scaraventato Lo scrittore seziona l animo umano con infinita meticolosit Pensieri, studi, pic [...]


    12. Another brilliantly written work that springs from a single defining event McEwan does that a lot, this time it s a ballooning tragedy, but the real purpose of it is to allow McEwan to explore his characters Joe had been picnicking with his partner Clarissa when they see a man attempting to hold a balloon down to free a child trapped inside Joe and five others run to help but through an unfortunate set of actions, one falls to his death Thus two men meet Jed is a lonely religious fundamentalist [...]


    13. Ugh, I hate giving such a low rating to a book by McEwan because he writes such beautiful prose, but the plot was such a letdown I also cannot justify giving it a higher one McEwan s writing is beautiful, there is no doubt about that I d read Atonement, and it was as good as the movie made the story out to be This book also explores some interesting ideas about love, trust, faith and reason However, as interesting as the plot s premise isar God, what a disappointment at the end.I cannot believe [...]


    14. Joe Rose, a science writer, has a traumatic experience, and then is stalked I could never tell where this book was going, and I was surprised and thrilled by McEwan s allegiance to truth that is nuanced, complex, and founded in the way we really feel and act, rather than manipulated via neat literary tricks that are so popular in commercial fiction and, to me, feel packaged.Enduring Love is my ninth Ian McEwan book and I now have a sense that I can group his work by certain characteristics This [...]


    15. I ve gone off Ian McEwan lately, for reasons I m not particularly proud of In short, I ve started hanging with a better or, for political correctness, different literary crowd, and now McEwan seems to me to be the province of the armchair literati, the people who like to read the Booker Prize winners, the people who are content to read pretty, sophisticated prose that looks nice but means nothing Yes, I did that too, for a while, but the difference was that I was sixteen at the time, and now I m [...]


    16. Ok, this is my 4th book by Mr McEwen and was very satisfied with this book I was hooked from the beginning and was bent over the book a lot when reading just anticipating what was going to happen next You wondered who was the crazy one in the story and at the end you found out There was forgiveness and happiness in the end but you have a thought of will it stay that way.I have read Atonement, Amsterdam, and Black Dogs by this author The author is very good at keeping you thinking about what come [...]


    17. I d forgotten how deftly McEwan writes The prose here is so vivid, it adds layers of complexity and introspection to an otherwise so so plot The opening chapter itself is worthy of 5 stars I felt like I was actually witnessing the accident in real time, that the desperation, helplessness, horror, and guilt outlined on those pages were mine alone Fantastic.


    18. I don t know about this book.On one hand, when all is said and done the narrative feels simply like an intricately written case study, though occasionally punctuated with inconsistently glorious descriptions, for an odd psychological disorder that even with all of Ian McEwan s brilliance is still only mildly interesting.On the other hand, it s McEwan s wonderful writing combined with a first person perspective, which gives us the rare treat of a character reflecting introspectively using all of [...]


    19. Enduring Love is Ian McEwan s novel about two men, brought together initially by their involvement in a freak accident involving a hot air balloon In the aftermath of this incident, our protagonist Joe finds himself in the awkward position he s an atheist of being asked to pray with the man who ultimately ends up being the antagonist He politely declines but the religious chap won t take no for an answer and becomes deeply obsessed with Joe, proclaiming he loves him and that he knows Joe loves h [...]


    20. on fighting Joe has another kind of problem His emotions are slow to shift to anger in the first place, and even when they have, he has the wrong kind of intelligence, he forgets his lines and cannot score the points Nor can he break the habit of responding to an accusation with a detailed, reasoned answer, instead of coming back with an accusation of his own He is easily outmanoeuvred by a sudden irrelevance Irritation blocks his understanding of his own case, and it is only later, when he is c [...]


    21. Can this author really be the same man who wrote Atonement I have now read enough of his books to know there is a range from horrid to sublime and a bit of everything in between, and this one is the in between I hated the first half and almost tossed it in I didn t for the obvious reason, I wanted to know which of the two scenarios was right, who was the crazy man here In the end, I realized, it didn t really matter if Joe was right or wrong, he was still unbalanced, and he was still a very unre [...]



    22. Attention getting fast paced first 3 chapters Then the story gets a bit boring in the middle as the narration kept going on circles I could not get the connection between the love of the couple for each other and the love that the crazy guy has for the male protagonist However, the last 2 chapters including the 2 appendices really brilliant It s my first time to read Ian McEwan and I am looking forward to read of his works I will be buying Atonement next month


    23. Ian McEwan s Enduring Love and Saturday have some similar ideas Culpability, survivor s guilt, do we ever really know anybody , haves versus the have nots from not only position of material things and social stats, but uneven mental playing fields Hell, they have similar stories In Enduring Love, an idyllic afternoon is ruined after a freak hot air balloon accident Only one man really attempts to save the kid Joe cannot go back to living with blinders on about himself Sure, the guy was a Billy t [...]


    24. Enduring Love has a simple but fascinating premise, which I was at least halfway familiar with before beginning the book I think there s been a film version, which I haven t actually seen, but remember reading about whenever it came out Joe Rose, a scientific journalist, is about to enjoy a reunion picnic with his girlfriend Clarissa when he witnesses an accident involving a hot air balloon he and a small group of strangers rush to help, but the incident results in a man s death During these eve [...]


    25. The third book in the Louise s picks arrangement view spoiler every quarter I get to pick a book she has to read and she gets to pick a book I have to read Mutually Assured Reading hide spoiler Again, she s chosen to introduce me to an author that I ve not read before Ian McEwan I knew almost nothing about this novel before starting it, except that I d seen about 10 minutes of the film starring Daniel Craig so I knew it featured a balloon, a stalker and a homosexual obsession none of these four [...]


    26. On an idyllic spring afternoon, Joe Rose and his wife were enjoying a picnic, when their lovely day was forever changed A hot air baloon, which had made a dramatic appearance into their scene, went out of control Many people rushed to assist, but one man perished in their uncalculated attempts at rescue Jed Parry, another of the would be rescuers approached Joe, an atheist, and invited him to pray with him This confrontation is merely the beginning of the turmoil that Parry created in the well o [...]


    27. de Clerambault s syndrome also known as erotomania is when the affected believes that another person, usually a stranger, high status or famous person, is in love with them Enduring Love tells the story of a man Joe who becomes the victim of a de Clerambault s sufferer Jed , we witness Jed s building obsession, the breakdown of Joe s and Clarissa s his partner relationship and most importantly, how mental illness can be just as devastating to the people surrounding the victim as the victim himse [...]


    28. What a wonderful, disturbing change to think of love as something sinister.I meant to just reach over on my bookpile next to my bed, snatch Enduring Love and read it for an hour or so before I got dressed and walked to school I wound up hardly moving for the rest of the day and certainly not getting out of my pajamas because I just couldn t put this down An example even the title made me think I picked it up thinking that the word enduring was meant as an adjective to describe the kind of love J [...]


    29. This was a strange beast The novel deals with many topics, but its story is triggered by one extraordinary and almost unlikely event yet interesting in its very convoluted construction a helium balloon accident in which a small group of strangers try to rescue a boy, ending in a death and a subsequent love obsession between two of the strangers, one of them being the narrator, Joe Rose What follows is the story of the obsession, its effect on Joe s relationship with his long time girlfriend, his [...]


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